Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

 

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Mr. Dickens and His Carol

Samantha Silva

 
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books
 
 
For Charles Dickens, each Christmas has been better than the last. His novels are literary blockbusters, and he is famous on the streets of London, where avid fans sneak up on him to snip off pieces of his hair. He and his wife have five happy children, a sixth on the way, and a home filled with every comfort they could imagine. But when Dickens’ newest book is a flop, the glorious life he has built for himself threatens to collapse around him. His publishers offer an ultimatum: either he writes a Christmas book in a month, or they will call in his debts, and he could lose everything. Grudgingly, he accepts, but with relatives hounding him for loans, his wife and children planning an excessively lavish holiday party, and jealous critics going in for the kill, he is hardly feeling the Christmas spirit. 

Increasingly frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace and inspiration in London itself, his great palace of thinking. And on one of his long walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets a young woman in a purple cloak, who might be just the muse he needs. Eleanor Lovejoy and her young son, Timothy, propel Dickens on a Scrooge-like journey through his Christmases past and present—but with time running out, will he find the perfect new story to save him? 

In prose laced with humor, sumptuous Victorian detail, and charming winks to A Christmas Carol, Samantha Silva breathes new life into an adored classic. Perfect for fans of Dickens, for readers of immersive historical fiction, and for anyone looking for a dose of Christmas cheer, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is destined to become a perennial holiday favorite.

 

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Carol's Rating: ★★★★

“Flee all you like,” she said, turning to face him. “Your past is quicker than you are and will catch you soon enough.”

Initially, I was drawn to this book by its lovely cover. Then I opened it and was instantly drawn in by its beautiful prose, witty lines, and heart-felt story.

If you, too, like these things, along with lovable, flawed, quirky characters (including ghosts!), surprising twists, and an uplifting story of hope and humanity, this book is for you. It’s a charming, entertaining new take on the inspiration and events leading to the deliverance of a Dicken’s classic.

 

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The Chimes by Charles Dickens

The Chimes by Charles Dickens

The Chimes

A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In

Charles Dickens

Pages: 68 / Audio: 3 hrs 42 mins

The haunting Charles Dickens 1844 novella that concerns the disillusionment of Toby "Trotty" Veck, a poor working-class man. When Trotty has lost his faith in Humanity and believes that his poverty is the result of his unworthiness he is visited on New Year's Eve by spirits to help restore his faith and show him that nobody is born evil, but rather that crime and poverty are things created by man.


Novel Gobblers Perspective

I listened to the audio book and though I wasn't sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was wonderful. I admit, it took me a bit to get into it due the older language. But the message was beautiful and well worth the time.

Something I found interesting was that Dickens divided the the book into four sections he called quarters, related to time on a clock, which the ringing chimes indicated. In the Christmas Carol, he referred to the sections as "staves" , i.e. musical "stanzas", and The Cricket on the Hearth is divided into "chirps".

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